theHAUTEbar, trends tracking firm, pegs 4 hot food + beverage movements: 
sustainability, functional nutrition, oat milk & conscious carnivorism

NEW YORK, March 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest healthy living expo has just wrapped in Anaheim California and Heather Smith, founder of theHAUTEbar, a wellness trends tracking firm, partnered with YourUpdate TV on a nationwide media tour to announce her top picks of the hottest + healthiest new product launches from the show.

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/V3mJrafPIVM

Trend #1 is sustainability, which means choosing + consuming foods that positively impact our environment. One brand setting some of the highest sustainability standards and lowest carbon footprint is: Truly Grass Fed, a new premium cheese line imported from Ireland. It comes from cows where 95% of their diet is grass. Many brands promoting grass fed can’t substantiate how much of the diet is actually grass. Also, these are happy cows, they roam across 200 acres of lush, green Irish Countryside, and graze the pastures for 250 days a year. Truly Grass Fed is pioneering certifications like Animal Welfare Approved, which has the most rigorous standards for animal welfare and environmental sustainability in the world.

The next trend is Functional Nutrition, this is about choosing products with ingredients that address your body’s specific needs and support healthy, active and busy lifestyles. Laird Superfood develops products that epitomize this trend. Their coffee creamers are coconut based and perfect for anyone going Keto, Paleo, Dairy Free or Gluten Free, they are Vegan and contain no refined sugars. Every ingredient they use has a function, such as Aquamin, a red sea algae that is high in calcium and contains 72 trace minerals. Laird Superfood only uses the purest whole-food ingredients and are always free from fillers or anything artificial.

The buzz in beverage trends is oat milk, sales in this category are up in the triple digits! Planet Oat makes the most decadent oat milk, it is rich, creamy, full-bodied and naturally sweet, with no added sugar, and perfect straight up: in cereal bowls, coffee, smoothies, or cooking. Planet Oat is virtually allergen-free and contains no dairy, peanuts, soy, GMOs or gluten; and is an excellent source of calcium and vitamins A & D. Plant Oat is available in four delicious flavors: Original, Extra Creamy, Vanilla and Dark Chocolate.

The final trend is the Conscious Carnivore: people who crave meat, but also want to incorporate more plant-based foods in their diets. Applegate has just released game changing innovation: the Great Organic Blend Burger which is made with either organic grass-fed beef, or organic turkey and blended with mushrooms; the first of its kind available nationally. By blending meat with mushrooms, this burger is juicy and flavor-packed, but also more nutritious as mushrooms are packed with vitamins and minerals. It also has 35% fewer calories and 45% less fat, than a regular beef burger. These are something even the most rabid carnivore will crave.

About YourUpdateTV: 
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media (http://www.dssimon.com). It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

About Heather Smith
Heather Smith, a wellness trends expert serving up the most inspiring + innovative products to consumers, the media and brands looking to live well through better-for-you food, beverages, beauty, home, eco-fashion and lifestyle products. A regular television, print and digital contributor, and recognized media source [New York Times story on the Cauliflower trend], she also brings creates and curates pop-up trend events to leading companies and Fortune 500’s such as Google. From both the hyper local to global perspective, Heather dishes the scoop on innovative products, and shares bites of insight with a side of creative acumen that only a trends junkie, industry insider, and science mind [Masters of Science in Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition from Tufts University] could deliver.